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Invite Mark Zuckerberg home with two new Facebook Portal smart displays

Invite Mark Zuckerberg home with two new Facebook Portal smart displays

Facebook is stuck on hardware liked chewed-up gum to the underbelly of a school desk. After going public with what are essentially smart spyglasses co-branded with Ray-Ban, we're once again talking about smart displays as the company adds two new entries to the Portal family.

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Grab Amazon's Echo Show 8 at its best price ever, for one day only

Grab Amazon's Echo Show 8 at its best price ever, for one day only

Amazon appears to be closing out stock of its first-gen Echo Show 8 smart display and has tapped its partner retailers on their shoulders to do the same. That means you can grab it almost anywhere at its best price ever.

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Xiaomi's upgraded Mi Band 6 packs NFC for payments and a microphone for Alexa

Xiaomi's upgraded Mi Band 6 packs NFC for payments and a microphone for Alexa

Xiaomi has long made a name for itself in the wearable market and is, in fact, the leading wearable brand worldwide according to Canalys. That's in part thanks to its excellent Mi Smart Band fitness trackers, which have always been praised as affordable but capable alternatives to Fitbit and others. But so far, Xiaomi has never blessed most of its international audience with an NFC-equipped version of its fitness tracker. That's changing today, as the company has announced that it's bringing the Mi Smart Band 6 with NFC to Europe.

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Most of Amazon's smart speakers and displays are up to $35 off

Most of Amazon's smart speakers and displays are up to $35 off

Whether you're moving into a new place or are simply interested in adding a new smart speaker or display to your household, Amazon has got you covered with a bunch of deals on almost every product in its Echo lineup, including the latest generation smart speakers.

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AutoVoice 4.0 combines Tasker and Alexa to automate your entire home

AutoVoice 4.0 combines Tasker and Alexa to automate your entire home

Tasker's a capable tool for power users, but it's not the only app developed by João Dias. AutoVoice is one of the easiest ways to sync your smart home gear with Tasker and Google Assistant, adding custom actions, routines, and more. The app has lost its Assistant support time and time again, but with AutoVoice 4.0, it can now use integration with Alexa to automate all of your home routines.

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Google plans to certify a ton of its smart home products with Matter

Google plans to certify a ton of its smart home products with Matter

Last week, the Connectivity Standards Alliance — formerly known as the Zigbee Alliance — announced that its Matter protocol would finally arrive later this year to bring your smart home gear closer together. With Google I/O in full swing, the company delivered some more information on how its partnership with the CSA will improve your smart plugs, security cameras, and more.

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Is Amazon Photos the right Google Photos replacement for you?

Is Amazon Photos the right Google Photos replacement for you?

Google Photos is discontinuing its free storage option, but after years of conditioning users to unlimited free space for their images, people are understandably starting to look for alternatives that don't charge as much as Google Photos could in the future. One of the more interesting competitors might be Amazon Photos, which is incredibly similar to Google Photos. There's a big catch, though — Amazon Photos doesn't have a 100% free tier. You need to pay for Amazon Prime to enjoy the benefits.

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We're this close to smart home hardware actually just working right

We're this close to smart home hardware actually just working right

In December of 2019, several of the biggest companies in tech — including Apple, Google, and Amazon — joined the Zigbee Alliance to establish a new standard for smart home technology. Project Connected Home over IP, or "CHIP," was aimed at improving interoperability and increasing security between gadgets from different brands. CHIP is finally nearing completion, and it's getting a new name and logo to help consumers identify secure IoT tech.

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Amazon Echo Frames review: About as useful as an Echo Dot taped to your forehead

Amazon Echo Frames review: About as useful as an Echo Dot taped to your forehead

Amazon's Alexa has been put into basically every product imaginable from smoke detectors to toilets. The goal, apparently, is to get Alexa into as many places as possible, so putting Alexa in glasses seemed like the next logical step. Amazon Echo Frames bring Alexa even closer and make it easier to access by putting it right on your face. While the Amazon Echo Frames are cool, they lack the audio quality I'd expect from $250 earbuds, and easy access to Alexa doesn't make up for that.

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Amazon's new Echo Buds might actually be worth buying

Amazon's new Echo Buds might actually be worth buying

Amazon introduced its self-branded true wireless earbuds, the Echo Buds, a year and a half ago. The big deal at the time was its direct integration with Alexa, but for the company's second go-round, they're piling on the extra features to make the headphones more competitive in a matured true wireless market. The new model is up for pre-order on Amazon today, delivered by May 13th.

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